Time is, unfortunately, one of the few things that a note taker will always want but will rarely get. This is because the average student is required to learn a number of different concepts, and the average teacher or professor can devote only a limited amount of time to each of these concepts. This means that you have to be able to take notes on a series of key concepts in a very short period of time. This is, of course, somewhat difficult, but there are several different techniques that you can use to save time.
In fact, one of the techniques that a number of individuals use is the shorter sentence technique. The shorter sentence technique is a note taking method in which an individual uses abbreviations, shorthand, symbols, and other similar methods to record the information that the individual needs to record in the shortest way possible. For example, if your professor is talking about the different types of soldiers in the Civil War, you might want to write the sentence “A dragoon was a Civil War soldier that acted as a member of the infantry and a member of the cavalry.” However, this sentence is a little long, and you may not have enough time to write it. This means that you may want to know how you can express the same information in a shorter sentence.
If you need to shorten a sentence, there are three ways in which you can typically do it.
- First, you can use abbreviations or symbols. Abbreviations are letters that represent a longer word (see the abbreviations article for more information), and symbols are pictures that represent a word. For example, if you used abbreviations and symbols for the sentence in the example above, you might write, “A dragoon = civ. war sold. that acted as a member of the infantry + a member of the cavalry.”
- Secondly, you can try to eliminate some of the unnecessary words in the sentence to shorten the sentence. For example, if you took the sentence from the abbreviation example above, you might write, “A dragoon = civ. war sold. that acted as infantry + cavalry.”
- Finally, if the sentence is still too long after you have used abbreviations, symbols, and eliminated all of unnecessary words, you can remove the vowels to shorten the sentence further. For example, if you took the sentence from the example above, you might write, “Dragoon = cv. wr. sld. that acted as infantry + cavalry.”